Q&A: Shaun Kirk
Describe your sound in five words or less:
One man blues/soul
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
I often get people who come to my show for the first time say that they thought I was a four-piece band from what they could hear outside the room. The amazement on their faces when they discover it is only myself making all the noise is pretty cool!
What do you love about making music?
The freedom, the life-style and all the amazing people I get to connect with and make smile.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Something they probably haven’t seen before. One man playing eight things live all at once. I tend to create a pretty high energy
What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Two albums under my belt now. Hoping to have a third in 2013.
When’s the gig and with who?
The Northcote Social Club on Sunday June 24. It’s my first Melbourne show since the launch of Thank You for Giving Me the Blues back in December 2011. Opening up the night will be one of my favorite Melbourne acts Austin Busch.
How long have you been gigging and writing?
I wrote my first ever song in a hospital bed when I was 17 after I broke my ankle really badly. It was one of those breaks where my foot was pointing almost 90 degrees to the left. It still hurts just to talk about it! Then when I turned 18 and got my license I began playing at a lot of open mic nights around Melbourne. I failed school because I was out every night playing till the wee hours of the morning. Then when I was 21 and had been playing around Melbourne for a few years and working some shitty casual jobs on the side I decided to quit them and hit the road. I haven’t stopped since .
What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
Life on the road. A lot of my songs these days are born on the side of the road in the back of my van. Often I'll be driving and a certain lyric or riff pop into my head and I pull over to write it down and work it out.
What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?
Have faith in their music, work hard and never give up. If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and do it all again.